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SECRET AGENT X

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Full Name: Secret Agent X
Codename: X
Nationality: American
Organization: FBI
Occupation Agent

Creator: Brant House
Time Span: 1934 - 2007

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Secret Agent X is an agent with the U.S. government.
       Exactly what department, if any, he works for is not known. The tabloids which were published containing his escapades have a lot of the issues marked as being "G-Man Action Adventures" but that term, while usually is associated with the FBI, actually just means "government man" so he could be working for any of the many different departments and bureaus run by the American government.
       In the opening lines of the first recorded adventure, we are told some but not much about his status. "It was whispered that he had the unofficial sanction of a great government in his fight on the criminal hordes preying upon society. The man said to be officially dead in the records of the Department of Justice - his supposed death arranged that he might disappear and fight crime in a new and startling way. His real name and background were mysteries known, if at all, only to a chosen few.
       As time moves on and his adventures continue, the facts of his status and backing will shift a bit, making him even more of an enigma. For a while we will be told that his crime-fighting missions are bank-rolled by a group of multi-millionaires whose identities are never revealed. This unspecified group provides nearly unlimited funds to aid him in his cause and backs his endeavors as needed. It is only later that we find him again working officially albeit secretly for the unspecified government organization.
       Was he working with/for them all along but financed by the rich people? Did he change employers, taking a job with the government and leaving the magnates behind? Or was he well into his personal war against incredible enemies to freedom and safety when he is deputized to give him more leverage? Hard to say.
       Who "X" is remains a total unknown throughout the length of his impressive career. We never learn his real name. We get virtually no idea of his background or why his career moved into the shadows. We are told in the first recorded adventure that he was "The man of a thousand faces - a thousand disguises - a thousand surprises! The man of whom it was whispered that he had the unofficial sanction of a great government in his fight on the criminal hordes preying upon society. The man said to be officially dead in the records of the Department of Justice - his supposed death arranged that he might disappear and fight crime in a new and startling way. His real name and background were mysteries known, if at all, only to a chosen few."
       When he is not actively fighting some gang or would-be nation-conqueror or nation-destroyer, "X" resides in the supposedly haunted Montgomery Mansion, a large once grand mansion on a hill in the city facing the river. The building, long left empty due to the litigation of heirs, is the headquarters for his crusade against crime with one particular secret room being "a small chemical and photographic laboratory, jars, bottles, and mysterious boxes; a miniature arsenal, containing humane but efficient weapons; gas pistols that could knock a man unconscious within a radius of twenty feet; tiny, stupefying darts concealed in cigarette lighters; a concentrated tear bomb in the stem of a watch that would momentarily blind a man when he stooped to look at the time".
       It is only in this secret room in that abandoned structure that "X" allows his real face to unhidden; "the fact that the face stared back at him ... was even-featured and boyish-looking. Gray eyes that held a hint of humor in them. Brown hair and a smooth-shaven skin".
       While "X" is totally devoted to his mission, he does allow himself brief snippets of time with the beautiful and intrepid newspaper reporter Betty Dale, a blonde-haired woman with a petite figure "whose intelligence and cleverness he rated as high as her beauty". Over the many cases he will work he will use her knowledge and insights over and over not only because she is an invaluable asset but also because there is no doubt he is drawn to her and soon it will be the other way as well. In fact there will be one occasion when she will see his real face.
       Throughout all the many battles that he will wage and the huge number of opponents he will combat, all in one impeccable disguise or another, the one constant will be like an unconscious mannerism - "his haunting whistle".

BOOKS

Number of Books:41
First Appearance:1934
Last Appearance:1939

     Though published in magazine or digest format initially, each issue promised a "book-length novel"

1 The Torture Trust The Torture Trust
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1934

Published in the 02/1934 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Men with skulls for faces—these were the victims of that terrible trio who met in a hidden room. And Secret Agent “X” went against them, daring the bottled torment of their deaf-mute slaves. In a desperate battle of wits at the gateway of destruction."

2 The Spectral Stranglers The Spectral Stranglers
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1934

Published in the 03/1934 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Silent, horrible as the crushing coils of a serpent were those unseen fingers that blotted out men’s lives. A criminal of satanic proportions had risen—the “Black Master,” whose victims fell with livid, hideous faces and protruding tongues that seemed a ghastly mockery of the fate they had suffered. Along this terrible murder trail Secret Agent “X” gambled with the Dice of Death."

3 The Death-Torch Terror The Death-Torch Terror
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1934

Published in the 04/1934 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Death hurled a ghastly challenge at Secret Agent “X.” A torch of terror burned above Doom’s table where they played. And charred, unsightly corpses were the jackstraws dealt him by the grim gamester’s boney hand."

4 The Ambassador of Doom The Ambassador of Doom
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1934

Published in the 05/1934 issue of Secret Agent X.
"A monster of evil came to the nation’s capital. A green-masked ambassador from Hell’s own legation, followed by a horrible horde versed in the poison torments of the Far East! Even the police who sought to trap him did not guess the ghastliness of his real motive. That remained for Secret Agent “X” to discover as he prowled through a dark and sinister labyrinth of Washington espionage."

5 City of Living Dead City of Living Dead
Written by Emile C. Tepperman
Copyright: 1934

Published in the 06/1934 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Behind the white fangs of escaped jungle beasts lurked an unseen but hideous menace. A menace that made cravens of men and women-sending them cringing to their chattered homes under the brutal lash of Fear in the City of the Sleeping Death. And back of the terror of a dead epidemic, Secret Agent “X” glimpsed the shadow of a criminal plot more horrible than any he had ever known."

6 Hand of Horror Hand of Horror
Written by Emile C. Tepperman
Copyright: 1934

Published in the 08/1934 issue of Secret Agent X.
"A metropolis writhed in the clutch of horror's hand. The mightiest of the mighty fled in stark terror before its groping fiendish fingers. And it's wake was a trail of macabre milestones, marking the way with bloated dead. One man—alone, unaided—followed in that awesome wake. He was that enigma of enigmas, the Man of a Thousand Faces—Secret Agent 'X'."

7 Octopus of Crime Octopus of Crime
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1934

Published in the 09/1934 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Tentacles of terror reached over the country, spreading like a hideous blight through the cities of America. The Underworld, welded together under the secret symbol of a monster of crime, was organized as never before. And Secret Agent “X,” master man-hunter, went up against a genius of crime who stooped even to the ghastly horrors of medieval torture."

8 The Hooded Hordes The Hooded Hordes
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1934

Published in the 10/1934 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Operating out of the supposedly haunted Montgomery Mansion, Secret Agent “X” ventures forth in a bewildering array of false identities to infiltrate the darkest underbellies of the Underworld—and destroy it from within. The only clue to his true identity is his haunting whistle..... With boiling lead that stilled men’s tongues and bombs that mangled human bodies, the hooded hordes threatened America. Their power was spreading from State to State like a hideous blight. Their spies were everywhere—and against this dread secret society went the Man of a Thousand Faces, into a danger that even he did not foresee."

9 Servants of the Skull Servants of the Skull
Written by Emile C. Tepperman
Copyright: 1934

Published in the 11/1934 issue of Secret Agent X.
"From the macabre maze of a labyrinthian world, the Skull, master of murder, reached out and destroyed the brains of mighty financiers. Money kings were his meat. And the law could not protect them... Only one man could match brains with the sinister Skull—and that man was Secret Agent "X." But the Skull did not fear "X." For "X"—the Man of a Thousand Faces, a thousand personalities, a thousand tricks—had one vulnerable spot. And the Skull knew where it lay."

10 The Murder Monster The Murder Monster
Written by Emile C. Tepperman
Copyright: 1934

Published in the 12/1934 issue of Secret Agent X.
"A nameless mystery man with a wartime past, backed by a shadowy group of powerful philanthropists, Secret Agent “X” took on the toughest assignments of the dirty thirties. Operating out of the half-haunted Montgomery Mansion, “X” was also known as the Man of a Thousand Faces. A past master of disguise, he infiltrated the Underworld to crush crime in all of its hideous manifestations. Panic-stricken cities shrank in horror from these death-dealing robots who were immune to bullets. Only Secret Agent “X” dared meet the challenge of these inhuman fiends and their master, The Murder Monster, whose pointed finger turned men and women into flaming agony."

11 The Sinister Scourge The Sinister Scourge
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1935

Published in the 01/1935 issue of Secret Agent X.
"His true face unknown, his identity forever buried in a secret government file, Secret Agent “X” came back from the dead to take on the sinister sadists and evil extortionists who prey on innocent Americans. A master of disguise who carries a non-lethal gas gun, “X” the unknown is backed by a cabal of wealthy citizens and is answerable only to the shadowy K-9 in Washington. Unseen, horrible as the tightening coils of some spectral serpent, the dope ring worked! Those who betrayed its secrets died in the agonies of the green-hued poison death. Those who served it became sweating, shattered slaves. And Agent “X” dared both death and slavery to fight the sinister scourge!"

12 Curse of the Waiting Death Curse of the Waiting Death
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1935

Published in the 02/1935 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Operating out of the supposedly haunted Montgomery Mansion, Secret Agent “X” ventures forth in a bewildering array of false identities to infiltrate the darkest underbellies of the Underworld—and destroy it from within. The only clue to his true identity is his haunting whistle..... Satan’s signals! Those were the lights that gleamed above a bandit pack. Death’s own will-o’-the-wisps, with the power of an unseen curse behind them—a curse that made the police stand off, and made Secret Agent “X” pledge himself to battle on the volcano brink of destruction!"

13 Devils of Darkness Devils of Darkness
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1935

Published in the 03/1935 issue of Secret Agent X.
"They called Secret Agent “X”, the Man of the Thousand Faces. Armed with his irresistible gas gun, wearing impenetrable disguises, “X” infiltrates the darkest corners of the Underworld to crush all crime czars! The enigma of enigmas, Secret Agent “X” has been deputized by a high government official to battle the darkest, most diabolical enemies of America before they sink their poisonous fangs into the nation’s healthy core. Faceless and unsung, “X” infiltrates these threats in a bewildering array of disguises. A past master of disguise, he infiltrated the Underworld to crush crime in all of its hideous manifestations. Here, Secret Agent “X” takes on the Devils of Darkness."

14 Talons of Terror Talons of Terror
Written by Emile C. Tepperman
Copyright: 1935

Published in the 04/1935 issue of Secret Agent X.
"A nameless mystery man with a wartime past, backed by a shadowy group of powerful philanthropists, Secret Agent “X” took on the toughest assignments of the dirty thirties. Operating out of the half-haunted Montgomery Mansion, X was also known as the Man of a Thousand Faces. In ten days there were ten murders. Bestial terror talons ripped the heart and soul from a city—as they ripped life from its civic monarchs. And in the funeral wake of these awesome claws lay the dried, bloodless husks of what once were men. The Grim Reaper stalked the city with a handful of horror. Alone, bucking this mad march to the grave, was Secret Agent “X”—the Man of a Thousand Faces. Countless times had “X” manhunted murderers. But never before had his trail carried him up a corpse-runged ladder of human husks."

15 The Corpse Cavalcade The Corpse Cavalcade
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1935

Published in the 05/1935 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Seven corpse-faced denizens of doom swept down on the Suburban Trust. Red-tongued machine guns blasted the way for their scavenger-like leader. But that leader did an amazing thing. He brought money into the bank. And leaving it there, he disappeared with his buzzard brood.... Secret Agent “X”, the Man of a Thousand Faces, the lone-wolf scourge of the Underworld, had but one trail to follow. And that trail led to a gruesome gibbet— where the law and the lawless matched murder for his life."

16 The Golden Ghoul The Golden Ghoul
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1935

Published in the 07/1935 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Operating out of the supposedly haunted Montgomery Mansion, Secret Agent “X” ventures forth in a bewildering array of false identities to infiltrate the darkest underbellies of the Underworld—and destroy it from within. The only clue to his true identity is his haunting whistle..... Secret Agent “X’s” far-flung, crime-crushing organization brought him whisperings of a fiend who meted out a death worse than death––a monster who called himself the Ghoul, for this Ghoul made men living prisoners in an amber colored shroud of their own dead flesh. And even Secret Agent “X,” the man of a thousand disguises, a thousand surprises, was checkmated when he pried into the Ghoul’s palace of pain."

17 The Monarch of Murder The Monarch of Murder
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1935

Published in the 08/1935 issue of Secret Agent X.
"A hell-ship was surging across the night waters of the Atlantic, a harbinger of doom bearing down on the shore of America. A mighty ocean liner it was, and one of its passengers came straight from the terror temple of His Satanic Majesty. That passenger was—Doctor Marko. The criminal aces of America had sent for him to lead the underworld’s horror horde . . . . Another man was on the black waters of the Atlantic. He guided a speedboat to the gigantic liner. This lone man was Secret Agent “X”—and he was going aboard the liner to stop Doctor Marko from reaching America. But even “X” was stunned at Doctor Marko’s ghastly greeting."

18 Legion of the Living Dead Legion of the Living Dead
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1935

Published in the 09/1935 issue of Secret Agent X.
"From nowhere hurtled that black death car. And from nowhere came its grisly occupants. They were not of the earth, for their human flesh was immune to bullets. They were not of the grave, for they manned the wheel and a blasting machine gun- Secret Agent "X" made a desperate maneuver to block their invasion of the land of the living. And in that weird terror trap, he came face to face with a man he knew-a man he knew had died five years ago."

19 Horde of the Damned Horde of the Damned
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1935

Published in the 10/1935 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Over the bleak, wave-whipped sea wall of the great Lasher estates swarmed a horror horde of the eternally damned. G-men rushed to check that tide of terror in order to prevent a kidnap plot. However, those G-men wilted on rubber legs...their deadly machine guns dropped harmlessly from arms that turned to jelly. For those government men had been scourged by the curse of the rubber corpses...Secret Agent “X” was among them. His thousand faces, his thousand disguises, his thousand surprises was swept before the mighty march of that dehumanized horde."

20 Ringmaster of Doom Ringmaster of Doom
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1935

Published in the 11/1935 issue of Secret Agent X.
"They were born at the beginning of time...and should have died at the dawn of civilization. If they plundered and ravaged a 20th Century metropolis. Neanderthal men they were...and their bones should have been dust through countless ages. However, they lived and served the inexorable Thoth––Lord of the Dead. It was Secret Agent “X”, lone-wolf man-hunter, who pitted himself against the bestial ruthlessness of the long-dead past."

21 Kingdom of Blue Corpses Kingdom of Blue Corpses
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1935

Published in the 12/1935 issue of Secret Agent X.
"The Man of Thousand Faces is forced to adopt a strange disguise—the face of a livid blue corpse. This pits him against a ruthless, vicious criminal who leaves a weird wake of blue corpses. Men die in a horrible halo of preternatural light and the infamous Blue Spark checks off another name from his lethal ledger... Agent “X” is snared in the treachery tangle of the law and the lawless and walks straight into the trap of his greatest nemesis—Inspector John Burks."

22 Brand of the Metal Maiden Brand of the Metal Maiden
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1936

Published in the 01/1936 issue of Secret Agent X.
"A music master was the Emperor Zero––master of murder music. For his pupils danced a mad rhythm into the grave. Young people they were; but as they danced they aged - the years blended into seconds. Young faces became furrowed with the mark of time. Their hair became white as frost. Mummies they became - in silks and satins and modern dinner coats...Secret Agent “X” hurled his crime-crushing organization against the Emperor Zero. However, Agent “X” found himself and enmeshed in the hilarious dance to hell."

23 Dividends of Doom Dividends of Doom
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1936

Published in the 02/1936 issue of Secret Agent X.
"There was a halo of horror surrounding those little green china cats. Death seemed to look out of their curiously slanting eyes. For all who touched them died in throes of terror...Secret Agent “X” touched one–-and he knew he would collect dividends of doom."

24 The Fear Merchants The Fear Merchants
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1936

Published in the 03/1936 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Flame demons swept across the city. And in their scorching wake came a new horror. The firemen fighting the vast inferno suddenly toppled from their ladders, their shrieks piercing the blazing roar. For when those firefighters struck the pavement they were distorted, bloated husks .... Secret Agent “X” was at that fire. But his manhunt was blocked by a barrier of the bloated dead."

25 Faceless Fury Faceless Fury
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1936

Published in the 04/1936 issue of Secret Agent X.
"From the mysterious private room in sanitarium, the Faceless Man emerged to spread a terror trail through a metropolis. Secret Agent X and his crime-fighting organizations battled to stop that hideous murder march. The Agent could duplicate any human fact. But here - there was no face to duplicate."

26 Subterranean Scourge Subterranean Scourge
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1936

Published in the 06/1936 issue of Secret Agent X.
"From the very air itself came that strange and ghastly death. It seemed to be everywhere, weaving a weird pattern of terror. Barricaded doors could not keep it out. The brains and bullets of the law could not combat it. Only one man fought to trace it to its horror home. And that man was Secret Agent "X". But Agent "X" was checkmated by the one he loved best."

27 The Doom Director The Doom Director
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1936

Published in the 08/1936 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Invisible doom came to change the living into strangled, purple-faced gallows corpses. And Agent X’s cunning inventions and courage were failing before the wile of a fear-mad killer, who could send his unseen death to Sing Sing in time to cheat even the electric chair."

28 Horror's Handclasp Horror's Handclasp
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1936

Published in the 10/1936 issue of Secret Agent X.
"The gods of evil sent forth a sardonic, murdering genius of crime, whose unholy face struck terror to the hearts of all who beheld it. And such was the powerful wile of this fiend called the Fury, that even Secret Agent X had at last met a checkmate opponent—a tantalizing sadist who made famous men and gorgeous women his pawns to play Satan’s grotesque game of hopscotch upon a gigantic chess board that dealt either death or madness."

29 City of Madness City of Madness
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1936

Published in the 12/1936 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Secret Agent X knew that the destiny of millions of honest people rested in his judgment of a beautiful but crafty woman. And all the Agent’s plans fell to pieces when his most important confederate, Harvey Bates, rebelled against orders. For Bates insisted that Charlotte, the glamorous and powerful spy of old, was incapable of any evil."

30 Death's Frozen Formula Death's Frozen Formula
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1937

Published in the 02/1937 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Why did those strange human derelicts patronize newsreel-movie showings and immediately leave the theatres with evil, mysterious intent? That was the veiled enigma Agent X had to pierce—while unfathomable gusts of hell’s killing cold trapped X and Betty Dale in a murder maelstrom."

31 The Murder Brain The Murder Brain
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1937

Published in the 04/1937 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Weird white crosses were splashed upon the sidewalks of a terror-ridden city. And under each cross lay a man murdered without a motive. Agent X, the man of a thousand faces, set out to meet the murder master whose face was known only to the dead."

32 Slaves of the Scorpion Slaves of the Scorpion
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1937

Published in the 06/1937 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Weird symbol of ruthless greed and savage murder, that crimson talisman of the Scorpion flared its scarlet hue from skyscraper pinnacles. For the dreaded Scorpion had finally struck, seizing full power of the metropolis. And Agent “X”, greatest impersonator of the century, knew that he had met his match in a devil who could change his identity with the speed of light. The Scorpion, criminal master-mind is trying to gain control of all the mobs in the city for one hellacious night of looting. Not only must The Agent uncover the masquerade covering the Scorpion’s operations, he must clear Betty Dale of the crime—of helping Secret Agent “X”!"

33 Satan's Syndicate Satan's Syndicate
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1937

Published in the 08/1937 issue of Secret Agent X.
"That awesome, implacable killer sent such chill terror to the hearts of powerful coal barons that they formed a dread syndicate with Satan to save their lives. And even the skill and daring of Secret Agent X seemed defeated against so powerful a combine."

34 The Assassin's League The Assassin's League
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1937

Published in the 10/1937 issue of Secret Agent X.
"A wealthy arms manufacturer and a powerful ganglord killed themselves, when they had the world by the tail ... Secret Agent X sought to discover the baffling, contradictory cause of their enigmatic suicides. But even the Agent's amazing disguises failed him. For a strange, beautiful girl was able to pierce every clever face worn by the man of a thousand faces."

35 Plague of the Golden Death Plague of the Golden Death
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1937

Published in the 12/1937 issue of Secret Agent X.
"The Secret Agent found that the gruesome dealers in murder were immune to all normal, human means of fighting. And when his best ruse failed, X discovered himself a victim of the gilded doom."

36 Curse of the Mandarin's Fan Curse of the Mandarin's Fan
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1938

Published in the 02/1938 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Change, Lord of Chinatown's secret catacombs, ruler of an empire of hell-hold the dire curse of a fan of evil. And the blood of the innocent was shed with the blood of the guilty ... and even Secret Agent X, nemesis of master criminals, found himself hopelessly entangles in the mad vortex of crime's rival kings."

37 Claws of the Corpse Cult Claws of the Corpse Cult
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1938

Published in the 04/1938 issue of Secret Agent X.
"When the beach comber and the assassin tread the same sands as the socialite, the man of a thousand faces found he could not unmask to save his country's honor."

38 The Corpse that Murdered The Corpse that Murdered
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1938

Published in the 06/1938 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Master of a thousand faces and a thousand cases, Secret Agent X found he was up against a foe impervious to human weapons. For the sinister Golden God, mercilessly draining the purses of the people of Carrollton City, was a corpse - an evil cadaver that mere bullets could not conquer."

39 Curse of the Crimson Horde Curse of the Crimson Horde
Written by Paul Chadwick
Copyright: 1938

Published in the 09/1938 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Over a chessboard of death an unseen hand moved living pawns across six thousand miles and spawning two continents. The stake was the life blood of a nation, the symbol - the Red Maggot - a fire to unholy ambition, the possession of which bound a man's soul to the Devil. And Secret Agent X - the man of a thousand faces and conqueror of kings of crime - found himself parried by the ageless weapons and black magic of the Far East."

40 Corpse Contraband Corpse Contraband
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1938

Published in the 12/1938 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Ten thousand years ago it had been written in brass that the Yezidee would overrun the world with blood. And now Erlika, daughter of Satan, had smuggled in the Yezidee to form an unholy alliance with the American underworld. And Secret Agent X - man of a thousand faces - found himself stalemated by ageless magic and barbaric cruelty."

41 Yoke of the Crimson Coterie Yoke of the Crimson Coterie
Written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
Copyright: 1939

Published in the 03/1939 issue of Secret Agent X.
"Out of a grim medieval castle they brought her - Madam Death, the beautiful one, whose touch meant destruction. And when the Crimson Coterie sought to erect the yoke of world empire upon her hell-brought bondage. Secret Agent X found himself manacled to the pyre of her lethal flames.

REFERENCE BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2007
Last Appearance:2007

1 The Secret Agent The Secret Agent "X" Companion
Written by Tom Johnson, Will Murray
Copyright: 2007

"The classic investigation of SECRET AGENT "X," revised and updated by the original writers, Tom Johnson and Will Murray, including new chapters, images and information! It's the last word on this classic character!"

MY COMMENTS

       Had I been a teenager or adult back in the mid-30's and had a spare dime to spend on these issues of Secret Agent "X" magazines, I would have with no hesitation whatsoever. It would have been an obsession. I know this because 30 years later I experienced the same addictive behavior with near monthly releases of reprints of Doc Savage and the Shadow and even Dr. Palfrey.
       Even now, almost a hundred years since they first came out, these stories are a major hoot to read and while my limited shelf space causes most of my purchases to be digital, I made sure I had at least a couple of the adventures in physical form, albeit as reprints.
       "X" belongs in this compendium because, well, his very 'name' demands it. Secret Agent X. How could he not be here?
       Plus looking at some of the nasty folks that he fought, this fellow did not limit himself to criminals out to steal cash or jewelry or gold. He went after would-be nation or world conquerors as well as a couple who wanted to destroy the same.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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